Islamic Chinoiserie: the Art of Mongol Iran

Yuka Kadoi

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The Mongol invasion in the thirteenth century marked a new phase in the development of Islamic art. Trans-Eurasian exchanges of goods, people and ideas were encouraged on a large scale under the auspices of the Pax Mongolica. With the fascination of portable objects brought from China and Central Asia, a distinctive, hitherto unknown style - Islamic chinoiserie - was born in the art of Iran.

This illustrated book offers a fascinating glimpse into the artistic interaction between Iran and China under the Mongols. By using rich visual materials from various media of decorative and pictorial arts - textiles, ceramics, metalwork and manuscript painting - the book illustrates the process of adoption and adaptation of Chinese themes in the art of Mongol-ruled Iran in a visually compelling way. The observation of this unique artistic phenomenon serves to promote the understanding of the artistic diversity of Islamic art in the Middle Ages.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)978-0-7486-3582-5
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Studies in Islamic Art
PublisherEdinburgh University Press

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